Trouble in the “East Village”

Well, either you’re closing your eyes
To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge
Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated
By the presence of Stalin in your community.

One thing I came to realize in my exchanges with N7E is that we got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in the “East Village” and that begins with S and that stands for Stalin!

From an email:

From a comment to Restaurants:

From a comment to a post on EV Grieve:

So beware!


Unrelated to the Red Menace, take a look below at something I noticed. The first of these is dated 4/28, and was received as a comment to Restaurants (second excerpt above). The second one was posted the very next day on a blog called “Save The Lower East Side”. The first was posted by “Bob,” the second by “Rob.”

In order to spare you having to read these, I’ll just tell you that the areas marked in yellow are identical in their wording, with some variation in punctuation.



Now if these were talking points of the organization, that would be one thing. But this goes beyond talking points. Do they really both have a Maoist friend who voted for Giuliani? OK, it’s possible. But would they really both tell the story of his/her voting using precisely the same words? That’s very hard to believe. It seems more likely that “Rob” is plagiarizing “Bob”.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. joe
    May 11, 2013 @ 10:44:35

    I think of libertarianism as a form of Stalinism. It is dogmatic, inhuman and demands absolute obedience to the dictates of the free market. The society destroying outcomes of free markets get sugar-coated with a dose of magical thinking about the supposed freedoms and power of atomized market actors. That mixture of cruel, soulless system and mysticism is why free marketers have sometimes been dubbed “market Stalinists.” It’s also why the term “market fundamentalism” is fitting as well.


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